ENGLISH 632 - Topics in Drama
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Stage Readings: Interpretive Methods in Theatre and Performance Studies
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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For literary scholars, the drama has long posed a challenge: How do we “read” texts whose destination requires embodiment, temporality, the sonic and visual arts, and live spectatorship? Many scholarly projects merit the inclusion of dramatic works, but their “theatre-ness” can appear to be a stumbling block to scholars trained in methods of textual analysis. The goal of this seminar is to overcome this gap by introducing questions, frameworks, and strategies for interpreting dramatic works in the fullness of their theatricality. By drawing on the best of both foundational and new scholarship in theatre and performance studies, we will develop a repertoire of critical methods for “reading” theatre in performance.

This course is designed for graduate students studying literature and literary culture, broadly defined, in any historical period or subfield. As much as possible, readings will reflect the range of these possible periods and subdisciplines. Methodological concerns will also vary widely, from the study of performance as a method of cultural analysis to theatre historiography to the intersection of theatre and the visual arts to the study of space, time, memory, spectatorship, and embodiment, with the necessary focus on the ways race and empire, and gender and sexuality, figure centrally in these concerns. At least part of the course will be devoted to the study of theatrical representation, the way the “not-not” of embodied mimesis turns the theatre into a vehicle for meditations on, and critiques of, reality and “the real.”

Course Requirements:

No experience with theatre and performance studies is required or expected. Workload will include extensive readings, lively and engaged discussions, and in-class presentations. Each student’s work will culminate in an annotated bibliography demarcating a subfield of particular relevance to their own research concerns.

Intended Audience:

Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Synchronous and Online Lectures: Synchronous and Online Class Discussions: Synchronous/Online


ENGLISH 632 - Topics in Drama
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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